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Santorum: God Gives Rape Babies as Gifts

Santorum: God Gives Rape Babies as Gifts January 25, 2012

You know, when I saw reports that Rick Santorum had answered a question about rape and abortion and his daughter, my first reaction was “meh.” But then I saw the actual quote. It’s one thing to say that a woman should make the choice to carry and deliver a baby conceived by rape; it’s another thing to claim that they should accept it as a gift from God.

SANTORUM: Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.

I have long believed that the Christian conception of god was incoherent and barbaric, but a god that gives women the “gift” of a baby from a rape? With gods like that, who needs devils?


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